Looks like the Spring 2014 Shasta climbing season is on. Based on the somewhat pitiful snow, I think it may be a quick one. From my limited beta, I hear conditions are good right now though: 7+ feet of snow at 7,000 ft, limited rockfall higher up and fairly stable snowpack; typical ridge routes are in, along with Avy Gulch, Cascade Gulch and West Face Gully. I wonder if the usual June/July rush will be too late this year. I'm thinking of making a run or two in May. Has any been up on the hill lately?
For the lay person, here are some links and stuff:
Climbed Casaval on 4/12. Good coverage, but thin, might not last long. Catwalk in OK shape, one spot already melted out. Recent storm snow hasn't fully consolidated, so descent on foot/snow shoes sucked. Skiing looked great...wish I would've had my splitboard. Coverage on Shastina looked poor. Season will be ahead of normal timing. Get on it now!